Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A year..........

Because the last 12 months....
The last 365 days.....
The last year....
has brought us blessings that we could have never imagined.

Because we witnessed the transformation of a boy that was always ours......
but struggled to exist.

We knew that inside of the pain,
inside of the hurt....
was something incredible.....

The chisel of life....
The chipping away moment by moment....
by the master sculptor Himself....
chip by chip...
has shaped and revealed something beyond amazing....

He began his transplant journey with a workup to see how his body could manage....
he fought through every test....
he struggled to run on the treadmill....
he smiled and cried all at the same time.....

A year later he has been made new....
and every step of the way has been a gift....
to us,
to him,
to everyone who has ever known him...
to the witnesses that watch from afar....

Because Parklen shows proof of miracles....
Parklen shines bright with the grace and love of God.....

Here is just a small peek into the past year.....
Let the celebration continue as we mark one year post transplant.........

I am having trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that it has been a year......
and as I type these words tonight, I remember the night before the transplant.....
and I can feel every single one of those same emotions from that night.....still....
because to be a mother is to feel....
and to feel is to experience....
and as I struggle to put into words that experience, I watch this video over and over again.....
and I have yet to watch it with dry eyes....
because although the words are hard to find right now....
the joy is not.
The undeniable work of God needs no words.....

One year!
and to many more........

Friday, October 17, 2014

Corny

Because we live in a community that is incredibly giving and amazing, things like this happen.......
A private visit to a local corn maze.
All to ourselves......
Just  us.
No worry of sick people causing infection.
No stress of steering clear of the crowds.....
No company,
No strangers....
Just simplicity at its finest. 
Fresh air.
Open spaces....
echoing giggles....


 The simple joys that other families experience on their weekends are few and far between for us.
 We don't have the opportunity to explore local events.....The people in public carry risks far too big for Parklen.....so while the places may be ok to explore.....the crowds are not.
 Parklen felt like a regular boy.........
 Paysen got to do things that the kids in his class talk about at school.
 I got to watch as our family explored and had fun.  My heart swollen....
 Devan got to lead his family in a different way.....through the field of corn......


 There was running, laughing, playing and exploring........and there was us.
 If we silenced ourselves for only a moment we could hear the breeze blow quietly through the standing corn.......and it felt like our only company was singing a song just for us....a beautiful corn ballad.....played just for us.
 It was peaceful.
 It was special........
 It was something that I will cherish forever.
 because someone went out of their way to make this possible for us............
Our first chance at a family photo in a giant chair....kind of a big deal to this mom.......worth the 15 Clorox wipes we used to clean it first........

Doesn't this look like a boy who is enjoying himself a little...........

can you spot the Paysen?

Having friends that make calls to make things like this possible.....
Having a community that doesn't hesitate to accommodate our family.....
They are all blessings.....
They are all helping to stitch together new memories....
for us,
and for Parklen.....
the boy who deserves a million moments worth of happiness.....